Originally posted on 213 Miles From Shea  |  Last updated 5/17/12

After another loss from ineffective bullpen pitching, the Mets desginated DJ Carrasco for assignment after last night’s game. When the Mets were winning a ton of games in a row, the bullpen was acting as well oiled machine. However, sandwiching that streak was two bouts (and we are still in the second one) of a rather rocky bullpen.

There are several players that Mets Fans, myself included, would like to see gone, because the replacement couldn’t possibly be much worse. The first move happened yesterday after Carrasco was DFA’d. Carrasco was the first Mets reliever that Sandy gave a two year contract and his numbers with the big league club have been pretty ugly:

2011: 1-3, 6.03 ERA, 49.1 IP, 12.2 H/9
2012: 0-0, 7.36 ERA, 3.2 IP, 14.1 H/9

Even though 2012 is a small sample size, both years are the highest H/9 he has had in his career. So far as a Met he has just not  had anything out there on the mound.

Carson will likely get the call up. This is fantastic news for Byrdak, the only left hander in the pen, who was on track for around 100 appearences this year. Carson has never pitched in the bigs but has a 4.32 ERA over 472.1 innings over 6 years in the minors. Carson was impressive over Spring Training, and now gets his time in the big leagues.

Carson, in my opinion, gets the promotion for two reasons. First, he’s killing it this season with a 1.84 ERA over 12 games and 14.1 innings in AA. Second, as mentioned before, this bullpen is need of another left handed pitcher.

Here’s an obvious statement but if the bullpen continues the way it’s going, there will be more moves coming soon as players like Edgin, Cabrera and Ramirez might get promotions to the big league club.

 

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